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Dance Program Coordinator
Carol Estey (Musical Theater Dance, Improv, Senior Project, Senior Seminar) a Broadway veteran, left NYC after 40 years of performing to live in the Catskills in New York and on an island in Maine, where she was a founding co-artistic director of Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House. Raised in the dance world by Audree Estey, founder of The Princeton Ballet, Estey lived and worked in NYC for many years. Among others she studied with were Alfredo Corvino, Valentina Pereyaslavek, Matt Mattox, Lynn Simonson and Luigi. She worked on Broadway in eight Broadway shoes including The Act with Liza Minneli, Jesus Christ, Superstar, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? and 5,6,7,8, Dance! at Radio City Music Hall with Sandy Duncan. She worked with such directors and choreographers as Bob Fosse, Thommie Walsh, Tom O-Horgan, Onna White, Gower Champion, Martin Scorcese, Joe Layton and Gracielle Danielle. After a full career as a dancer, actor, director and choreographer, she returned to school and received her M.A. in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Estey previously taught at Pace University and has directed and choreographed several productions at Stephens. Carol is the Coordinator of the BFA Dance program at Stephens College.
Nancy Stoy (Ballet, Pedagogy) has been an adjunct faculty member at Stephens College for many years. She is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance and of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, with an emphasis in Cecchetti Method and Pedagogy. She performed in Omaha-Dancescape and has taught in the US, London and Canada. Ms. Stoy teaches at the Halcyone Perlman School of Dance in Columbia and is a graduate of the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto. She teaches ballet to dance majors at Stephens in the summer plus dance pedagogy and non- major beginning ballet during the regular fall and spring semesters.
Maggie Dethrow (Modern, Tap) earned her BFA in Dance under the founder of the Stephens dance program, Harriette Ann Gray. While a student at Stephens, she received her ballet training from John Marshall (Royal Academy of Dance) and had extensive training in world dance from Rebecca Harris. After graduation, she became a member of the Harriette Ann Gray Dance Company that was in residence at Stephens. She and her sister co-choreographed musicals for Stephens such as “Guys and Dolls”, “Bye-Bye Birdie’” and “Godspell”. Ms. Dethrow currently teaches at DanceArts in Columbia and at Stephens College.
Elizabeth Hartwell (Ballet, Repertoire, Pointe, Artistic Director of Dimensions Repertory Dance Company ) was the Louisville Ballet School Director from 2004 to 2008, following a long tenure as principal dancer with the Louisville Ballet. Concurrently, she was Artistic Director of the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, an honor company with the Southeastern Ballet Association. From 1996 to 2004, she served on the faculty of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts and the Louisville Ballet School. Earlier on, Ms. Hartwell danced with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet, Chicago Ballet companies and appeared as a soloist dancer with the Cincinnati Opera and Pittsburgh Opera ballets. In 2004, she received the Kentucky Governor's Award for Artist of the Year, for lifetime achievement. She has performed the title role in many full-length classics, including Giselle, Swan Lake, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty. In addition to ballets previously listed, some her favorite roles include Kitri, in Don Quixote, Swanhilda, in Coppélia, and major roles in shorter works such as Anthony Tudor’s Echoing of Trumpets and Gala Performance, Mikhail Fokine’s The Firebird, and George Balanchine’s Serenade and The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Elizabeth is earning her teaching certification in the Franklin Method.
Deborah Carr (Modern, Dance History, Choreography) a graduate of Stephens College, was a member of Charles Weidman’s Theatre Dance Company. Ms. Carr’s own company, Theatre Dance Ensemble, based in New York City for over twenty years, appeared in such prestigious events as the American Dance Festival, the New Dance Group Retrospective and the Early Years of Modern Dance Festival at Purchase. Carr studied Limon technique under Betty Jones and Ruth Currier and performed with Limon dancers Carla Maxwell, Gary Masters and Fred Mathews. At Stephens, Ms. Carr teaches Modern Dance at all levels, Choreography and Dance History. As one of the foremost experts in the world on Weidman technique, Deborah has taught and staged works of both her own and Weidman’s choreography throughout the United States, in England, and in Ireland.